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What Are We Going to Do With All This Space Junk?

JoAnna Wendel is a science cartoonist and writer in Washington, DC. She loves space, planets, rocks, and her cat, Pancake. You can find her work at and follow her on Twitter at @JoAnnaScience.Read more...
Tags: Space Junk, Satellites, Science, Comics

NASA Space Weather Satellite Set to Launch Tonight, Finally

NASA is ready to launch its space weather-measuring satellite tonight, following two years of delays.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Physics, Satellites, Space Weather, Ionosphere

Archaeology, Camels and Cars: From The Dead Sea to Petra

We ride with archaeologist Sarah Parcak and Infiniti to the ancient city in Jordan It’s early morning in Jordan’s Wadi Rum and we’re loading our gear into the fleet of Infiniti QX80s, backed by only the sounds coming from doors opening and closing shut, and feet shuffling silently in the red sand. Despite the bright LED lights of our fleet SUVs, an observatory’s worth of …
Tags: Travel, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Interviews, Cars, History, Egypt, Road Trips, Satellites, Archaeology, Driving, Jordan, Archeology, Drives

SpaceX satellites could blight the night sky warn astronomers

Elon Musk’s Starlink internet satellites ‘have no public consensus and may impair view of the cosmos’Mega constellations of human-made satellites could soon blight the view of the night sky, astronomers warned following the launch of Elon Musk’s Starlink probes last week.The first 60 of an intended 12,000 satellites were successfully blasted into orbit on Thursday by Musk’s company, SpaceX, which plans to use them to beam internet communication from space down to Earth. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Internet, Satellites, Musk, StarLink

Breathtaking View of SpaceX Starlink Satellite ‘Train’ Triggers Wave of UFO Sightings

A satellite tracker in the Netherlands has captured stunning video of dozens of SpaceX Starlink satellites passing overhead. Launched together late last week, the chain of satellites looked like a giant, brightly lit train chugging away in the night sky—a rare sight that understandably prompted UFO sightings.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Spacex, Science, Netherlands, Satellites, StarLink, SpaceX Starlink, Things You Dont See Everyday

SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites for Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Constellation

With one launch in the books and potentially dozens still to go, SpaceX has begun its build-out of the ambitious Starlink internet constellation—a series of interconnected satellites designed to deliver high-speed internet to paying customers around the globe.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Telecommunications, Satellites, StarLink

NASA launching living things into deep space for the first time (on purpose) in nearly 50 years

Next year, NASA's Artemis 1 mission will carry a baker's dozen of small cubesats to space, including one that's home to a colony of yeast cells. That cubesat, BioSentinel, will orbit the sun to help scientists understand how space radiation affects living organisms outside of Low Earth Orbit. NASA hasn't purposely sent any lifeforms beyond Low Earth Orbit since the last Apollo moon landing in 1972. (Purposely is a key word because of course every probe launched carries some accidental microbial...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Satellites, Artemis

Google Wants to Use AI to Track Pollution from Every Power Plant on Earth

Satellites are our eyes in the sky or, er, in space. Now, a coalition of groups is turning to satellites and AI technology to help monitor emissions from all the world’s power plants. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Earth, Air Pollution, Satellites, Emissions, Power Plants, Uh Oh, Every Power Plant

This Goofy Apple Computer Video From 1987 Has Futuristic Gadgets That We're Still Waiting For

Apple Computer was an innovative and nimble company in 1987, so it makes sense that people at the tech giant would imagine a world dominated by Apple ten years into the future. And that’s precisely what it did when it released this goofy video from the perspective of the year 1997.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, News, Communication, Newspapers, Computers, Satellites, Apple Computer, Predictions, Future Of News, Steve Wozniak

NASA Says Fraudulent Supplier Caused It to Lose Two Climate Satellites, Wasting Over $700 Million

NASA has found its loss of two 92-foot Taurus rockets—as well as the climate-monitoring satellites they were carrying—in 2009 and 2011 was due to a supplier that falsified test data about frangible joints that were supposed to split and release the rockets’ fairings, according to Quartz.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Climate Change, Nasa, Fraud, Scams, Satellites, Rockets, Orbital Science, Orbital Atk, Spi Inc

FCC Clears SpaceX to Launch Nearly 1,600 Internet-Beaming Satellites to a Lower Orbit

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s plans to fly a fleet of internet-transmitting satellites, Starlink, at a “lower orbit than originally planned,” the Verge reported on Saturday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Space, Spacex, Science, Technology, Internet, Broadband, Satellites, StarLink, Internet Satellites

New NASA Mission Will Measure the Mysterious Glow of Earth's Plants

Packed alongside supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station on an otherwise routine SpaceX resupply run, something rather special is headed to orbit next week: a refrigerator-sized instrument that’ll measure the glow of Earth’s plant life.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Satellites, Glow Up, Oco3

Dramatic Satellite Photos Show Historic Flooding Across Central U.S. in Wake of Bomb Cyclone

When last week’s bomb cyclone hit the Midwest, it was hard to imagine the inundation it could bring amid whiteout conditions and more than a foot of snow. But the warm weather that wrapped in behind it quickly melted out all that white stuff and unleashed historic flooding across parts of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Satellites, Flooding, Midwest, Missouri River, Nebraska Iowa South Dakota, Weather Is Happening, Across Central U S in Wake of Bomb Cyclone

Earth's Low Orbit Needs Legal Protection Before It Becomes a Cosmic Junkyard

The area immediately above our planet where most of our satellites live might seem like an inexhaustible place, but it’s not. Low Earth orbit is quickly filling up with all sorts of junk, and the potential for a disaster has never been greater. Here’s how laws and international treaties can help—and why we need to…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Satellites, Environmentalism, Leo, Space Junk, Low Earth Orbit, Low Earth, Space Pollution

Space Harpoon Successfully Snatches Floating Hunk of Space Junk

A small satellite has captured a piece of space debris using a claw-tipped harpoon. The test represents an important technological achievement given our mounting space junk problem.Read more...
Tags: Science, Satellites, Space Junk, Space Debris, RemoveDEBRIS, Space Harpoons

Gaze Into the Giant Storm Swirling Over the Pacific Ocean

Forget Bad Winter, a season of Boring Winter is upon us. At least, if you live in the Northeast U.S. Head on over to the North Pacific, and it’s a different story. Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate, Satellites, Storms, Pacific Ocean, North Pacific, Sometimes Earth Is Just Hella Pretty

FCC Fines Swarm Technologies $900,000 for Launching Illegal Satellites Into Orbit

As it turns out, if the U.S. Federal Communications Commission asks you not to do something, you should probably not do that thing—particularly when it comes to launching to unapproved satellites into orbit.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Fcc, India, Satellites, U S Federal Communications Commission, Swarm Technologies

SpaceX Broke Four Records During Today's Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

Today’s successful launch of a Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has resulted in four new records for SpaceX—a sure sign that the Elon Musk-led company, and the commercial space industry in general, is rapidly maturing.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, California, Satellites, Rockets, Falcon 9, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Cubesats, Rocket Science, Microsats

This New NASA Mission Will Create an Unprecedented, 3D Map of Earth's Forests

The secret to stabilizing Earth’s climate could rest in the world’s forests. That’s why, this week, a team of researchers is sending a high-tech reconnaissance operative to the International Space Station to figure out how much carbon is stored in our planet’s trees.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Satellites, Remote Sensing, Gedi, Carbon Cycle, NASA Mission Will Create

UK may never recover £1.2bn invested in EU Galileo satellite system

British armed forces will not get access to Galileo, a rival to the US GPS system, after BrexitThe UK may never claw back £1.2bn of investment in Galileo, the EU’s satellite navigation system, as Theresa May officially pulled the plug on UK defence and security participation in the system after Brexit.Galileo, developed as a rival to the US GPS system, is due to be launched in 2020 with civilian and military variants. The UK’s continued involvement, given the extent of British funding of the sys...
Tags: Europe, Space, Politics, UK, Science, Technology, US, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Satellites, Gps, Brexit, Galileo, EU Galileo

Virgin Orbit Plane Completes Test Flight With Attached Rocket

A Virgin Orbit plane took off with a rocket under its wing on Sunday, marking a successful test flight for the company that hopes to provide satellite-launching services.Read more...
Tags: Science, Satellites, Space Exploration, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Rockets, Virgin Orbit, Space Infrastructure, Smallsats, Air Launch

NOAA’s New Pacific Satellite Has Sent Back Its First Glorious Images of Alaska and Hawaii

When GOES-17 launched, meteorologists’ hearts skipped a beat. The satellite offered a chance to view all of the U.S. in exceedingly high resolution, and with it, the weather forecasting possibilities were endless. Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate, Alaska, Hawaii, Satellites, Noaa, Weather Forecasting, Sometimes Earth Is Just Hella Pretty, Goes 17

Gravity Images Reveal Lost Continents Under Antarctica

For four years, the European Space Agency’s Gravity field and Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite accumulated data on Earth’s gravitational field. Now, scientists are using that information to best understand what lies beneath Antarctica’s ice sheets. Here, they’re learning that East and West Antarctica bear fundamental differences, including lithosphere thickness. Underneath the former, there are actually several similarities to the continent’s closest neighbors. Read more at VICE.
Tags: Maps, Science, Design, Tech, Earth, Satellites, Antarctica, European Space Agency, Gravity, Linkaboutit, Planet Earth, West Antarctica, Ocean Circulation Explorer GOCE

Whales Can Now Be Tracked From Space

Whales are big-ass animals. They’re so big, in fact, that satellite technology is now good enough to spot them from space.Read more...
Tags: Science, Oceans, Satellites, Marine Biology, Whales Space

Accion Systems takes on $3M in Boeing-led round to advance its tiny satellite thrusters

Accion Systems, the startup aiming to reinvent satellite propulsion with an innovative and tiny new thruster, has attracted significant investment from Boeing’s HorizonX Ventures. The $3 million round should give the company a bit of breathing room while it continues to prove and improve its technology. “Investing in startups with next-generation concepts accelerates satellite innovation, unlocking new possibilities and economics in Earth orbit and deep space,” said HorizonX Ventures managing...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Berlin, Funding, Tech, Satellites, Boeing, Falcon, Shasta Ventures, Irvine, Accion Systems, Accion, Rob Coneybeer, Natalya Bailey, Brian Schettler

Assembling an Image of the Shadow of a Black Hole

In a mind-boggling excerpt from Seth Fletcher’s book Einstein’s Shadow: A Black Hole, a Band of Astronomers, and the Quest to See the Unseeable (published by Ecco), the author probes the meticulous process behind the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). In fact, a series of collaborative data sets collected in 2017 by eight telescopes around the planet, the EHT aims to create an image of the shadow of a …
Tags: Books, Space, Science, Design, Culture, Satellites, Black Holes, Einstein, Linkaboutit, Telescopes, The Cosmos, Seth Fletcher

Neptune-Sized Moon Discovered Outside Our Solar System

Some 8,000 light-years away, a moon has been discovered—possibly the first one outside our own solar system. Dubbed an “exomoon,” the “Neptune-sized” gassy object, which orbits a “Jupiter-sized” planet, was spotted by Columbia University astronomers via the Kepler and Hubble space telescopes. It’s “unlike anything scientists have seen before, and even if this turns out to be a false find, the experience has offered valuable insight on …
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Design, Culture, Satellites, Planets, Columbia University, Jupiter, Kepler, Neptune, Linkaboutit, Cosmos, Moons

California Governor Jerry Brown Says State Will Launch Its Own Pollution Monitoring Satellite

California Governor Jerry Brown announced on Friday at the Global Climate Action Summit that the state would be launching its “own damn satellite” amid concern that Donald Trump’s administration is minimizing NASA’s role in climate research, Politico reported.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Climate Change, California, Nasa, Satellites, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Climate Monitoring System

Oh My God Look at the Atlantic Ocean Right Now

Hurricane Florence is the biggest threat in the Atlantic right now, but it’s hardly the only storm. The tropics have gone wild, with three hurricanes spinning at the same time, as you can see for yourself in satellite imagery captured as the sun rose on the Atlantic Monday morning.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Atlantic, Satellites, Florence, Extreme Weather, Hurricane Season, Atlantic Ocean, Weather Is Happening

Theresa May pledges Galileo alternative if UK locked out of satnav system

PM seeks to raise pressure on EU with pledge of £92m for ‘sovereign’ navigation systemBritain cannot afford to be excluded from core development of the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system and will have to develop its own expensive “sovereign system” if the 27-country bloc does not change its mind, according to Theresa May.The prime minister sought to up the ante by pledging to spend £92m on the initial scoping work for an alternative, unless Brussels allows the UK to be involved in security...
Tags: Europe, Space, Politics, UK, Science, Technology, Eu, European Union, UK News, Theresa May, Engineering, Satellites, European Space Agency, Gps, Brussels, Brexit

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